CAIRO – The authorities of the country will conduct an investigation.
The leadership of the Iraqi army condemns the US Air Force strikes on the area near the border with Syria and considers them a violation of the sovereignty of the republic. This was stated on Monday by the press secretary of the Commander-in-chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, Yahya Rasul.
“We condemn the US Air Force’s night attack on facilities on the Iraqi-Syrian border, we consider it a gross violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and its national security,” the spokesman was quoted as saying by the local Al – Sumaria TV channel.
Rasul noted that the leadership of the Arab Republic “once again emphasizes the inadmissibility of using the Iraqi territory as an arena for settling scores.” He also added that “the authorities of the country will conduct an investigation and all necessary procedures to prevent such violations in the future.”
Earlier, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said that the US Air Force, on the instructions of US President Joe Biden, carried out airstrikes on targets of Iranian-backed groups in the border zone of Iraq and Syria on June 27. According to Kirby, “the targets were chosen because these facilities are used by armed groups supported by Iran, which carry out attacks using unmanned aerial vehicles against American military personnel and facilities in Iraq.”
As the Al Arabiya TV channel reported on Monday, seven fighters of the Iraqi Shiite militia Al-Hashd al-Shaabi were killed as a result of airstrikes. In addition, according to the Syrian news agency SANA, a child was killed and three other people were injured as a result of one of the US Air Force strikes.
In turn, Al-Hash al-Shaabi in a distributed statement acknowledged the death of four of its fighters, as well as damage to several drones and warehouses with heavy weapons.